For a traveler New Delhi is about shopping, Mughal architecture like Red fort, Humayun’s Tomb and my favorite Rajghat. But many travellers know that New Delhi is a popular religious destinations. It has the presence of may historical Sikh temple, some century old Hindu temples, popular Muslim mosque like Jama Masjid etc. So to put some light on this post I thought that I should prepare a long list of Delhi temples which a backpacker must visit.
1. Lotus temple Delhi
Lotus temple is one of my favorite destination as it promotes the message of communal harmony and its very close to my hotel. Lotus temple is a Bahai House of Worship which was completed in the year 1986. This is a flower like shape structure and is also known as the Mother Temple of Indian subcontinent. Lotus temple has won many awards for the architecture and has been featured in many popular magazines around the globe.
Bahai temples are open to people if all faith and it does not discriminate any human being on the basis of religion. Hence in Lotus temple you will notice peoples from Hinduism, Sikhism etc sitting together and offering prayers to a same god with just different names. Whether you call him Allah or Ram, finally he/ she is one and only one and lotus temple do a good job in promoting this message.
2. Akshardham Temple Delhi
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is a marvellous example of 10,000 year old Indian culture and ancient history. The goal of Akshardham Temple is to present ancient India traditions, architecture, art & spiritual message. This temple was prepared in 2005 in and near about 11,000 artisans have constructed this huge and beautiful structure. Since 2005 Akhardham temple has become a symbol of India’s history and ancient culture and you must visit it.
Akshardham normally welcomes 70% of all travellers who visit Delhi and is was a center of attraction in 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi as a bran new residential complex was built for all athletes who participated in the games. So what do you will see in Akshardham? Named Neelkanth Kalyan Yatra, Yagnapurush Kund (musical fountain), Bharat Upavan (Garden of India), Yogi Hraday Kamal (lotus shaped garden) and much more.
3. Iskcon Temple Delhi
ISKCON – International Society for Krishna Consciousness is a spiritual institution which was started in 1966 by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Goal of this society is to promote spiritual knowledge and educate techniques via which one can attain & understand the real value of human life and peace. This society is based on the writings of Bhagavad Gita which are more than 5000 year old and teaches the real essence of human life, death and importance Karma.
ISKON temple has global presence. Not only in Delhi, but ISKON temple is at Russia, USA and many other nations. So do visit ISKon temple and try to figure out the inner peace inside yourself.
4. Birla Temple Delhi
Also known as Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, Birla Mandir is a popular temple in Delhi. This temple was built in 1939 by a famous Indian industrialist J.K Birla. The temple is dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu who is also referred as God of Protection. Not many know that Birla Mandir Delhi was inaugurate by the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi and Mahatma only agreed to inaugurate this temple if it allows people of all caste to visit it.
The temple area is more than 7 acre and it has many shrines, lovely fountains and big gardens. There is a separate room for those who wants to read Gita and the major attraction of the temple is the festival of Diwali which is also referred as festival of light and Janmashtami, the birth date of Hindu god Kirshna. So do visit this temple and I am sure that you will love it the environment.
5. Sikh temples in Delhi
Not many know that Delhi is a holy city for Sikhs as the city has the presence of 10 historical Sikh temples which are referred as Gurdwaras. These are:
- Nanak Piau Sahib
- Majnu Tilla Sahib
- Bangla Sahib
- Bala Sahib
- Sis Ganj Sahib
- Rakab Ganj Sahib
- Moti Bagh Sahib
- Damdama Sahib
- Mata Sundari
- Baba Banda Singh Bahadur
Sikh population in India isn’t more than 2% of the nation population but the spirit of these 2% can feed the remaining 98% if required. In Gurdwaras the spirit of equality is at its peek and people from all faith, culture and creed sits on the ground and eat food with a peace of mind.
6. Chattarpur Mandir
This temple is near to the world famous monument the Qutub Minar and it is almost 4 km away from the minar. This temple is situated in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. There are two types of architect that can be seen in the Indian temples, South Indian architect and North Indian architect. Incidently, this temple is very popular because both the South Indian architect and North Indian architect can be seen in the structure of the temple.
7. Gauri Shankar Temple
The Gauri Shankar temple is built-in the memory of Lord Shiva and it is known for the 800-year old brown lingam. This temple is situated in the Old Delhi Region. The Brown lingam is made of phallus stone and is very popular among the historian as it is 800 years old. The structure of the lingam is surrounded by snakes and it represents the cosmic pillar and the center of the universe.
8. Hanuman Mandir, Delhi
This is one of the most popular Hanuman temples in the country and it is situated in the Baba Kharak Singh Marg which is located in Connaught Place. This Hanuman temple is also one of the oldest in the country. This temple was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh and in the year 1724. This temple has been restored several times since then. Hanuman is considered to be the one that provides strength and power among the Hindu gods and that is why this temple is very popular among the people all over the country.
9. Yogmaya Temple
The Yogmaya Temple is also known as the Jogmaya temple. This temple is a very old temple and is dedicated to Goddess Yogmaya. The temple is situated in the Mehrauli region of New Delhi. This temple is a few km away from the famous Kutub Minar. This is one of the temples that were destroyed by the Ghazni and later by the Mamluks. There were total 27 temples that were destroyed by the Ghazni and later by the Mamluks. But since then, the temple was renovated and is still in use. There are many devotees that visit the temple every year. There are many such facts about the temple that are very interesting and the temple is also part of an important part of the history.
10. Nili Chhatri Temple
Thre Nili Chhatri Temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva is one of the oldest Shiva temple in the city. According to Hindu mythology, the Prince Yudhisthira of the pandanus actually constructed this temple long time back. The temple is located in the Baharadur Shahi Gate area. There is also a tomb of Naubat Khan. The temple is very popular one because of its historical importance and also because of its religious importance.
11. Kali Bari Mandir, Delhi
Kali Bari Mandir, Delhi is one of the famous Kali temp0les in the country. This temple is constructed years back dedicating to Goddess Kali. The temple is a very sacred place for the Bengali community that resides in the city. During the festive season, there are many people who visit this temple every year and especially during the Durga Puja season.
12. Kalkaji Temple
This old temple is located near the commercial complex of Nehru Place in Delhi. This temple is dedicated to Lord Kalka Devi and is one of the oldest in the country. There is a twelve side dome. This temple was built in the year 1771 and these days the Marathas was in power. This temple is very important for its historical and structural significance.
13. Sheetla Devi Temple
This is one of the most popular temples in the country and is situated in the city of Gurgaon, Haryana. The temple is very famous and every year there are many pilgrims that visit the temple. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Sheetla Devi.
14. Sri Digambar Jain Mandir
The Sri Digambar Jain Mandir, Delhi is the oldest temple in the city and it was built-in the 16th century during the Mughal rule. This temple is situated opposite to the Red Fort.
15. The Jagannath Temple
The Jagannath Temple in the city is one of the popular temples that are built by the Oriya community in the state. This temple is situated in the Hauz Khas where every year rate yatras are held. This temple is very popular among the people all over the country and especially during the radiators thousands of devotee visits this temple.
16. Shani Dham Temple
The Shani Dham Temple is one of the most famous Shani temples in the city and is very popular among the devotees. This temple is dedicated to O Lord Shani. The largest statue of Lord Shani is here in the temple. This temple is situated on Chhatarpur Road and is 6km away from the Chhatarpur temple. The temple is very popular because of the natural rock idol of Shani debate. Every year many devotees visit this temple.
Plus there are many more famous temple in the capital. If you think that we have missed some than please mention the name in the comment and we will add that point with a thank to your name. Till than Jai Mata Di